March 13, 2009 / 5:34 PM / 10 years ago

GM recalls more than 276,000 vehicles for gear fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Corp is recalling 276,729 passenger vehicles to correct a problem in certain cars that could cause them to roll when parked, the U.S. government said on Friday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a recall notice that a suspected flaw in the transmission cable system may not allow gears to fully engage when the vehicle shifter shows the driver that car is in “park.”

“The vehicle could roll away after the driver has exited,” NHTSA said in its notice.

Investigators also suspect the gear problem could have been behind warranty complaints that certain vehicles would not restart once placed in “park.”

The 2009 Models affected include the Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Malibu, Traverse and the GMC Acadia, Pontiac G5, G6 and the Saturn Aura and Outlook.

About three quarters of the vehicles identified in the recall remain in dealer lots or with the manufacturer, a GM spokeswoman said.

The company said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.

Reporting by John Crawley; Editing by Andre Grenon and Gunna Dickson

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